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Please, Please, Use iOS 11’s Do Not Disturb While Driving Feature

By | 2017-11-03T02:49:20+00:00 November 15th, 2017|Mac Tips|

Distracted driving may not make headlines, but it’s a huge problem. In the United States in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that 391,000 people were injured and 3477 killed in accidents caused by distracted driving. Many things can distract drivers, but the most concerning—and the most avoidable—is texting. Given that the iPhone [...]

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You Can Now Scan QR Codes with the Camera in iOS 11

By | 2017-11-03T02:41:29+00:00 November 14th, 2017|Mac Tips|

You’ve undoubtedly seen those odd-looking square QR codes on product packaging, a business card, or a flyer. In the past, you needed a special app to scan a QR code to see what Web URL, contact card, Wi-Fi network, or other piece of information it held. In iOS 11, though, you can just point your [...]

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Merge Recognized Faces in Photos in Both iOS and macOS

By | 2017-11-03T02:42:21+00:00 November 9th, 2017|Mac Tips|

An extremely welcome under-the-hood change in iOS 11 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra is that Photos facial recognition syncs across iCloud Photo Library. Previously, people you identified on one of your devices remained unidentified on others. But what if Photos now identifies the same person twice, such that they have two separate entries in the [...]

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The Swipes You Need to Know to Multitask in iOS 11 on an iPad

By | 2017-11-05T14:22:22+00:00 November 8th, 2017|Mac Tips|

With iOS 11, the iPhone and iPad interfaces continue to diverge, which makes sense, since the iPad is not merely an overgrown iPhone. Particularly when you pair an iPad Pro with a Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil, you can now get real work done on an iPad more fluidly than ever before. The “hard” part [...]

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The Best Apple-Related Gifts for 2017

By | 2017-11-03T02:39:14+00:00 November 6th, 2017|Mac Tips|

It’s that time of year again, when many of us start wracking our brains for gift ideas for our loved ones—or for our own wish lists. If your special someone is an Apple user, we have a few suggestions. Chargers, Cables, and Adapters, Oh My! We know that giving someone a cable feels a bit [...]

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How to Get Back to Siri’s Web Results Quickly

By | 2017-11-03T02:43:14+00:00 November 3rd, 2017|Mac Tips|

Ask Siri to search the Web and you’ll get five results back from Google (not Bing anymore!). Tap one and it opens in Safari. But what if that page doesn’t contain the information you want? How do you get back to Siri’s results? The easy way is to tap the little Siri button that appears in [...]

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Siri Learned Five Languages over the Summer So You Didn’t Have To

By | 2017-10-03T02:56:06+00:00 October 18th, 2017|Mac Tips|

While you were basking at the beach this summer, Apple kept Siri busy taking intensive language classes. In iOS 11, Siri can now translate English words and phrases into Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. So if your next vacation takes you to Paris, you can now ask Siri for help you with commands [...]

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The New Two-Swipe Shortcut for the Camera in iOS 11

By | 2017-10-03T02:50:27+00:00 October 14th, 2017|Mac Tips|

When you want to capture that perfect action shot or incriminating video, it’s a mad rush to open the Camera app as quickly as possible. That’s why Apple lets you get to the camera in multiple ways: by swiping left on the Lock screen, using the Camera button in Control Center, and tapping the Camera [...]

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iTunes 12.7 Can’t Download or Manage iOS Apps Anymore

By | 2017-10-03T02:52:53+00:00 October 8th, 2017|Mac Tips|

The writing is on the wall: Apple doesn’t want us downloading or managing iOS apps on our Macs anymore. Most of the changes in iTunes 12.7 revolve around features Apple removed, including ringtone management and iTunes U. But the kicker is the removal of the iOS App Store and support for app syncing. This means [...]

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Avoid Ransom Requests with a Unique iCloud Password

By | 2017-10-03T02:42:52+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Mac Tips|

We’ve been hearing reports from people whose Macs have been locked remotely via Find My Mac, with the criminals responsible holding access to the Mac hostage until they receive a ransom in Bitcoin. First, if this happens to you, do not pay the ransom! Any Apple Authorized Service Provider or Apple Store can unlock your [...]

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